At Comfort Life, we’ve been excited about the Village ever since it was first announced in 2017. In Canada, it’s the best innovation yet, in design for memory care. The Village is built from the ground up with the needs of Alzheimer’s and dementia sufferers top of mind. We love how this both implements and adds to innovations in memory care.
Prominent effects of Alzheimer’s Disease and dementia are memory loss, disorientation and elopement, so the best environment for sufferers is one that mitigates these issues safely and effectively, yet non-intrusively. We see this ideally manifest in the Village in Langley, a setting that’s familiar and friendly, while smartly incorporating needed safety features. These include a fence around the perimeter and a blu-tooth-enabled security system that lets community staff know the whereabouts of any resident in real time, at any time. An important aspect of design for memory care is de-institutionalization and de-clinicalization of the care environment, inherent in the village layout that includes a general store, doctor’s office, hair salon, workshop, and more.
People live in colourful cottages here, attended by staff who are also suitably expert in their training and approach. The Village’s staff to resident ratio of 1:1 exceeds standards and is unheard of elsewhere in the industry. On top of all the above, it’s set in a quiet neighbourhood in one of the most beautiful cities in the country. We’ve certainly never seen anything like it before.
The project was led by Elroy Jespersen, based on a pioneering model in Hogewey, the Netherlands.
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